Four Auto Strains for Keg1’s Second Outdoor Grow:
Trying to grow one marijuana plant is hard enough for a new grower. Although indoors lets one have full control of the environmental factors, it also presents a new set of challenges. Even so, the things beginners need to know are information that is available already. Where it becomes extremely difficult is when cultivating four different strains at the same time – White Widow, Cookies Kush, Energy Haze, and Carmelicious.
Even seasoned growers are well aware of the difficulties of nurturing two different strains, let alone four. Each would have different growth rates and traits. Finding a middle ground, so to speak, in the environment would be the key to a successful grow except for one thing. It is almost impossible.
Hence, the best option and the right one taken by Keg1 is to grow the four plants where it thrives naturally – outdoor. And, these are not merely regular seeds. Instead, he opted for autos.
Growing 4 Autos: White Widow, Cookies Kush, Energy Haze and Caramelicious
Auto flowering plants are perfect for beginners. While the more common photoperiod plants depend on light cycle to determine when it begins flowering, autos start blooming as soon as they could. From seed to harvest time, it is significantly fast, often by weeks.
White Widow Auto
A favorite for neophyte growers, White Widow has been gracing Dutch coffee shops since the early 90s. It is a fairly easy strain to grow but that does not mean its buds have weak effects. A cross between Brazilian Sativa Landrace and a resin-heavy South Indian Indica resulted in a crystal resin laden strain.
As if cautioning the smoker of what is to come, White Widow gives a burst of euphoria that engages conversation skills and creativity. Nonetheless, growers adore this strain for its unbelievably short vegetation period.
Cookies Kush Auto
Combining Girl Scout Cookies and OG Kush resulted in an indica-dominant strain Cookies Kush. With a high THC level of 18% at maximum, it could be overwhelming if one were not to watch out of dosage. Usually, the effects kick beginning with an uplifting mental stimulation before leaving one relaxed, happy, and sleepy.
Energy Haze Auto
Coming from a pedigree of strains, Energy Haze combines the properties of Northern Lights and Kali Mist. A mix of sweet-skunky scent with a little spicy yet citrusy taste comes with the buds. In the end, its sativa dominant characteristics engage smokers. It has an energizing high that keeps one active and euphoric at the same time.
Caramel reminds one of the delicacies that tickles the sweet tooth. The same goes for its marijuana counterpart, which has sticky buds and flavors that resemble that of the delightful treat. Aside from the texture and flavor, the hairs growing out of the buds are orange too, like that of a real caramel.
It is usually enjoyed after dinner for a sweet dessert with a buzzing high. Its onset begins with a euphoric and happy high before a deep sense of relaxation swarms into the body.
After a long waiting time, the seeds have finally arrived. Keg1 immediately placed one Caramelicious, one Cookies Kush and one Energy Haze seeds in Jiffy Grow Pellets and in a humidity dome. He also placed them atop a dryer to keep them warm, one mistake that he made that could probably cost him the entire grow.
“Be sure not to run the dryer,” Ron330 explains. “The vibrations may cause the seeds to possibly sink to far into the peat pellets.”
Learning from the error, Keg1 transferred them by the windowsill where they may receive natural heat from the sun.
By night, he thought of suspending the seeds on a rod with warm lights.
Suspending the seedlings have worked. The Chronic has sprouted and the other two are expected to do the same any time now.
The struggle is getting real for Keg1. Chronic looks like it is not bound to survive, two of the first leaves that grew died eventually. Other seeds have not sprouted yet. He had no choice but to put four new seeds that can hopefully survive. Still, hoping for the best, the first three seeds were not pulled out yet.
Top row is the first batch of seeds that were planted a week ago. The bottom ones are the seedlings planted only a few days ago, all of which have already sprouted.
Four seedlings from the second batch are all up. Meanwhile, the first three are in the same state, no development still.
Every day, Keg1 makes it a point to bring these seedlings under natural light and strengthen them with the sun.
The second batch seedlings are love it, maybe the first three as well since they have finally cracked and tap roots are slowly making their way out.
Seems like all hopes were lost for the first batch of seedlings. Keg1 decided to finally pull them out. The other four were already transplanted into bigger pots.
Not to mention they have been re-homed, and are now ready to live outdoors.
Two days later, Keg1 did some renovation so that the plants may receive some lighting even at night time. Initially, they are on a stand where they would be receiving sunlight but would only be getting light at a certain distance at night.
Some bugs are laying eggs on the leaves and are leaving white residue. If not for those, the grow journey is going pretty smoothly.
Egg-laying bugs did not affect the plants in any way. As a matter of fact, the sprouts look healthier right now under the sun. They have completely taken off.
As days go by, the plants get taller and the leaves go wider. The Cookies Kush is taking the lead in terms of growth rate with the Caramelicious following right behind.
Almost a month in growing the plants are healthier than expected. Energy Haze is working on its third node of leaves. Caramelicious is doing the same but it is evident that her leaves are way bigger.
White Widow has overtaken the Cookies Kush by being the biggest marijuana plant there is. She is currently working on six nodes while the Cookie Kush is on her fourth. However, the leaves on the latter is distinctly bigger than the rest.
Who would have thought these were the same plants two days ago?
Keg1 has been feeding his plants A & B Nutrients for three days in a row already. Look where it took them:
First picture are the plants three days ago, the second one is from today.
Two days later, it is obvious that they have gotten bushier. All four resemble marijuana plants more as of today.
Since the ladies are grown outdoors, so the lights are uncontrollable. The White Widow went ahead and flowered which took Keg1 by surprise. Some white hairs started appearing on this one.
He also took that as the perfect time to clone this flowering plant.
All eyes on the White Widow as her buds swell more each day.
Overnight, the buds had an explosive growth and can now easily be seen beyond the mass of leaves.
For comparison, Keg1 stretched his hand right by the bad and seem like the same size. Here are some buds from the White Widow:
The buds’ stretch is still getting taller each day. Its growth development is exemplary as well. Some amber hairs are starting to appear amidst all the white and milky hairs.
Keg1 is still fairly new to growing. This is only the second time he grew marijuana plants and both rounds were grown outdoors. A couple of dried up yellow leaves are unavoidable. However, this round’s dried yellow leaves are way less than last year’s grow.
This is the first time that Keg1 grew auto flowering seeds. Needless to say, he is still quite confused with the whole process. And the question for today is, “When do I know it’s time to harvest the auto fem?”
As of now, there are some amber hairs in the buds but the white and milky hairs are still dominant. However, Dr. DankThumb420 told him to keep tabs on the trichomes instead as they are really the ones that tell whether the time is up or if they still need more.
After reading that comment, Keg1 deemed that at least the White Widow buds are ready based on the trichomes. Usually, growers can tell if the buds are ready if they are at least 5% amber and 95% clear or milky.
Right after dinner, the plant was chopped down but its base was kept intact.
All in all, buds from the White Widow alone had 5.7 ounces of wet weight. With the heaviest stem full of buds weighing an ounce alone.
The remaining plants are still very much alive. The Caramelicious has some PVC posts attached to keep its shape. Next to it is the Cookies Kush then the Energy Haze, the White Widow’s stump is at the end of the line, next to the tomatoes.
Meanwhile, the White Widow buds are still drying on the racks.
Looking at the remaining plants, one would think they have only started flowering today. It is not that impossible since the White Widow was the first one to flower among all plants. At least they have a lot of bud sites growing.
However, Keg1 is worried that they would go over the fence soon and would then be easily seen from afar.
Keg1 had to go away for some time and had to leave the girls in the care of a friend. Everything went well except for some trimming that had to be done because the plants grew wild.
The plant in the middle is the Cookies Kush, it only started flowering today.
Buds on the White Widow stump have also been chopped down today.
They had to be separated since the stems are tangling up which is possibly destructive for all of them.
Cookies Kush is starting to bud up as well. She is the first one to go into flowering among the three remaining plants.
Here are the others:
The other two did not take long. Only one day behind, the Caramelicious and Energy Haze flowered as well.
Girls are proceeding with their growth carefully. The small space outdoor dedicated entirely for their grow journey has turned into a little jungle.
Today, Keg1 has woken up with a scare as Cookies Kush possibly overdosed with the nutrients. Some leaves have discolored and drooped this morning. After a good watering and their daily dose of sunlight, everything went back to normal.
She is the one separated from the lot.
Call it lucky or unfortunate but there are some stray buds on the ground. Keg1 picked some up and is ready to dry them as well.
Cookies Kush’s buds alone are worth Keg1’s efforts. These babies are huge and juicy.
Nevertheless, the Caramelicious’ and Energy Haze’ are definitely catching up.
Upon closer inspection, the trichomes are getting milky. If there are amber trichomes, it would be hard to say because the photo does not show that clearly.
Trichomes usually give away whether or not a plant is ready for harvest. They start out clear, then turns into a milky kind of color before they turn amber. As said above, growers attest that the perfect time to harvest is when there are 95% mix of milky-clear trichomes and 5% amber.
Milky white pistils dominate the buds with a few scattered amber hairs and the same goes with their trichomes. Afar, the buds look too scrumptious and enticing especially for smokers and growers. As if one touch would stick them to anyone’s fingers.
Sadly, amid the jungle of buds were some bugs on their way to destruction.
Garrigan65 shared a simple insecticidal soap recipe that he uses for his own grow:
- 5 tablespoons of Pure Soap (Castille, liquid or all-natural soap) to 1 gallon of water
- Add two tablespoons of light cooking oil (corn, canola, olive or safflower) to make the solution stick longer
- Add one teaspoon of cider vinegar to help target powdery mildew as well
- Mix a teaspoon of ground red pepper and/or garlic to repel chewing insects
- In lieu of pure soap, bar soap can be used. Drop a whole bar of soap in the gallon and let it sit overnight. Remove the bar the next morning and shake well before using.
Keg1 gives up because no matter how much insecticidal soap he uses, the bugs seem to multiply. It left him with no choice but to harvest the remaining plants.
Yield from the Cookies Kush was a little over a pound:
Meanwhile, the Energy Haze was at 1.6 pounds:
Caramelicious is yet to come but her buds are exemplary as well:
Sweeter the Second Time Around
There are a lot of seconds for Keg1’s grow. This is the second time he grew outdoors, which according to him is much more successful than the first one. Reminiscent of the journey, the same thing happened to the seeds. The second one was all successful.
While this is a fruitful grow, there are some points that Keg1 has shared through his experience:
- Even if seeds are germinated at the same time, they may flower at different rates. For example, White Widows are known have short flowering time, while Energy Hazes takes longer.
- Do not give up if the seeds do not sprout. It is not a reason to be discouraged, rather a great motivation to try again.
- For outdoor growers, be ready for a lot of cutting. The plants’ stretch may be astounding but there are a lot of trimmings to let air flow properly especially in a mess of jungle like Keg1’s.